"Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’…” (Lk 5: 1-4)

So this is how Christ walked into Simon Peter’s life: He borrowed his boat for a while. And then, when He had finished speaking, He returned the favor to the fisherman, helping him catch some fish. And the whole transaction ends with Simon leaving everything and following Him (Lk 5: 11).

How subtly, how naturally, the Lord inserts Himself into my life and helps me out in unexpected ways, when I’m open to lending Him my “boat.” And by “boat” I mean my particular set of possesssions or gifts, by which I make a living. Today let me be open to sharing whatever I may have, with the simple attitude Simon Peter displayed in the passage above. The fisherman was in the middle of his workday, a frustrating workday after a long and unproductive night, during which he “caught nothing,” as he says a bit later (Lk 5: 5). But Simon let the Lord interrupt this day, when Jesus got into Simon’s boat and “asked him to put out a little way from the shore.” And the interruption led Simon to becoming far more than just a fisherman.

Today let me be useful to Him in the small ways I can, doing small favors for others when need be, so that He can make me useful in the grace-filled way that only He can. “Come and abide in us,” in our little boats, I say to Him today, as I open myself up to His unexpected interruptions.

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